Shangrila’s East Wing is one of the happening places for new restaurants. So far, we’ve tried Kettle, Chops (somehow I remember it having a different name then, though), Balboa, and Woo Galbi. All have been really good experiences, but happened too long ago for me to even remember or make a post about it. Will just have to wait until we get to try it again before I make a post, maybe.
This time, we were feeling some Japanese, and Akira seemed like the best Japanese restaurant since I didn’t feel like having Katsu at the other Japanese place in the new wing. Plus, teppanyaki sounded especially yummy to D and I that night!
And so off we went to Akira!
They’ll ask you upon coming in if you prefer a teppanyaki table or just a normal a la carte table. We chose a teppanyaki table, obviously, and sat on one corner of their teppanyaki table, which seats about 8 pax.
They carry a good selection of classic Japanese favorites, from your usual tempura, sushi, and sashimi and to bento boxes. Their teppanyaki selection comes in the set-selection type or ala carte, where you can pick which type of meat you’ll want cooked. You can go fancy and choose their Kobe or Wagyu sets, or go modest like we did and opted for their US Tenderloin set D, which comes with 150g of Beef, Chicken, Shrimp, and Fried Rice (P948). They say the set is just good for one person, but I think it’s easily shareable for two people. What we did was to get the Set D, added an ala carte order of US Tenderloin, Oysters, and Squid. I guess you can say we were feeling kinda hungry that night.
The nice thing is that Chef Erwin showed us the meat he’ll cook before even starting. So we had a clear idea of what was to come, which is good to help keep your level of anticipation high. He then proceed to ask if you want to see a show, to which we excitedly obliged.
He played some beats and rhythms with his teppan tools, doing flips and catches and totally fun juggling acts. You’ll realize later that they do more than just cook your meals, they make sure it’s exciting and your dining experience becomes more than just eating food served. You also get entertained with what their chefs can do while cooking your food!
Even the way he puts pepper or sauces on the food being cooked is amped up, as Chef Erwin really puts a rhythm or beat into things. He’ll also do a cute little heart while making the fried rice.
One of the most amazing parts is when he starts to spin a raw egg, then carefully picks it up with his teppan spatula and starts bouncing it up and down!
What’s really great with Teppanyaki is that you can see how they cook the dishes.You’ll get three sauces for the dishes – one for chicken, for seafood, and for beef.
Here’s what happened to those plates of raw meat:
Oysters. Cooked on high heat with the outside slightly made charred and crunchy. You can feel each oyster ooze with its juiciness as you bit into each. Really good flavor too, as it was seasoned well while he cooked it. He also used the oyster shells to present it nicely.
The Squid meanwhile was also cooked juicily – something I think is usually hard to achieve as squid can quickly get too tough to bite if you exceed a certain level of doneness to it.
The Chicken was also good, though not exactly our favorite. Specially since we were anticipating this bad boy right after:
The US Tenderloin beef was absolutely divine. We had it cooked Medium Rare, and again Chef Erwin made the seasoning just light, so we could really taste the silky juiciness of pure beef. It was the last thing cooked and served, and possibly the best part of our meal. We can totally go back to Akira just to have this one.
Like any teppan meal, they’ll also serve Fried Rice and Teppan Veggies, which we liked. The meal also came with miso soup. No dessert though in their set meal, but we’re not complaining.
I’m already excited to have that beef again. I’m sure D is too.
5/F Shangri-la Plaza Mall,
Shaw Blvd cor EDSA
Wack Wack, Mandaluyong(02) 654-3920